Wasilla celebrates Centennial, holiday season

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WASILLA, Alaska (KTUU) - Wasilla celebrated the holidays Saturday afternoon as dozens gathered just off Main Street for music, a tree lighting, letter writing and visits with Santa.

Coinciding with its Centennial, it was Wasilla's 30th Christmas celebration.

"It's just a way to kick off the Christmas season," said Bethany Buckingham Follett, Curator of the Wasilla Museum.

Visitors of all ages were at the weekend gathering, celebrating the holidays, the city, and its 100th year.

"There's so much more to it," said Brittany Maynard, who was at the event with her pup Mighty Might. "And there's so much heart in this little tiny town."

Many events remain for this holiday season, including the Alaska Native Holiday Bazaar in Anchorage through Dec. 3, Christmas Towne in Chugiak over the coming weekends, the Holiday Train, many performances, and more.

As for Saturday's event in Wasilla, it's "something everyone can have fun with," Buckingham Follett said. "We help instill that Christmas spirit, jump start it."

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